National Coming Out Day: My parents’ process, from tentative supporters to proud allies

Today is National Coming Out Day, and next week marks the fifth anniversary of my own "coming out" conversation with my parents. Read my story about our conversation, their acceptance process, and how they're now proud parents of a kid who works at an organization advocating for the freedom to marry.

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National Coming Out Day: A mother ‘comes out’ with her daughter’s wedding photo

A woman gets married to the love of her life, and her mother posts a wedding photo to her personal Facebook page. These formal presentations of family members' love for each other are what today, National Coming Out Day, is all about.

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New fathers George and Farid marry in New York after 11 years together

After working hard on the campaign to pass the freedom to marry in New York last summer, when they contributed their story to Freedom to Marry's video series on why marriage matters to New Yorkers, George and Farid were excited and relieved to finally marry and have their relationship formally respected by the state.

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Why a gay cupcake is worth a thousand words

These cupcakes may not be the official Freedom to Marry cupcake, but this simple display of rainbow baked goods and the Freedom to Marry logo was really significant for me. It represented how my family has become more open about discussing gay issues and how confidently my mother is willing to assert that her son is an advocate for marriage.

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Anti-marriage groups tout flawed “study” that condemns gay and lesbian parenting

Early last week, a flawed and misleading "study" on parenting suggested that children of gay and lesbian parents face more challenging lives when compared to children of different-sex parents. Now, groups opposed to the freedom to marry are working to promote the paper to push their anti-gay agenda.

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Minnesotans United for All Families receives a diverse range of endorsements

In the past few weeks, Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition working to oppose an anti-gay ballot initiative in the state, has racked up a wide range of endorsements. From the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education to General Mills to the Governor of Minnesota, the state's residents are speaking out to oppose writing discrimination into the state constitution.

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Washington parents want their daughters - all 3 of them - to be able to marry

Washington United for Marriage has been busy releasing a series of videos highlighting families who support the freedom to marry. Their latest video features Steve and Robin Boehler, who want all three of their daughters - including their lesbian daughter, Sarah - to be able to celebrate their love and commitment in marriage.

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John Corvino discusses ‘real children’ in new book

In his new book, philosopher and prominent gay advocate John Corvino discusses how passing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples would have a positive impact on the lives of children.

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Celebrate Memorial Day with our petition to support all military families

As Memorial Day approaches, Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network are working to ignite a grassroots petition that calls on Congress to end marriage discrimination against gay and lesbian service members, veterans and their families. The petition asks Congress to repeal the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act and support the Respect for Marriage Act.

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Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry highlights marriage discrimination against military families

Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have teamed up this week to launch a new, national persuasion campaign - Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry. The campaign will illustrate how the Defense of Marriage Act negatively impacts military families.

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